Questions to Ask About Cord Blood Banking

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Questions to Ask About Cord Blood Banking

You’ve probably been hearing (and reading) more and more about cord blood banking. More parents are taking advantage of this service as it becomes increasingly popular. You might be considering banking your baby’s cord blood, too, but you you probably have a ton of questions. I get it. Cord blood banking is a bit of an obscure business and I had a lot of questions, myself. It is important to make sure that you are asking the right questions when talking to different banks. You obviously want to choose the right cord blood bank for you and your family. I am listing all of the critical questions you will want to ask before you sign on the dotted line.

Product Quality

There are a few questions that you will want to ask to ensure you are getting a quality product for your time and money:

1. What is the recommended volume to be collected and what happens if I fail to collect the recommended minimum?

2. How many stem cells can I expect to store?

3. How do you freeze the cord blood?

Find out how they ensure that your cord blood is stored safely and monitored. What freezers do they use? Is the cord blood frozen in a separate freezer or mixed with other types of samples? Do they use liquid nitrogen or vapor nitrogen?

4. Is the cord blood stored in a single unit or is it compartmentalized?

For transplants, it is irrelevant because you want as many cells as possible so the entire unit of cord blood will be used.  However, if scientific research advances and treatments and therapies are developed where only a small number of cells are needed, then having the cord blood stored in compartments could be advantageous because it will allow the cord blood to be used one portion at a time.

5. What processing technique is used?

Cord blood banking companies use a variety of patented processing methods to ensure the highest probability for success. Ask what type of processing the bank uses and why they believe it to be superior.

6. What types of tests are run on maternal blood?

You will want to know if any of these tests can provide justification for the samples to be rejected.

7. Do you test the stem cells for viability before storing? For example, testing for infectious diseases?

What happens if your child’s cord blood tests positive for one of these diseases?

8. Can your bank change storage facilities?

Find out if the bank reserves the right to change storage facilities. And if they do, what type of quality guarantee do you have regarding the new facility? How can you be assured that the cord blood will be transported safely from one facility to another?

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9. Does your cord blood bank have clinical experience?

Ask the banks you’re considering how much of their customers’ cord blood has been used for transplants and other therapies. Experience releasing cord blood for transplants and participating in experimental therapies is an indication that the company is successful with clinical applications of cord blood. It confirms that the blood is being stored carefully enough for the stem cells to be viable when removed from the freezer.

Be wary of a bank that has lots of cord blood units in storage but has never used a unit for transplant. It could mean that doctors have rejected their cord blood–a warning that the bank’s procedures are not careful or thorough enough.

If the bank is new, you can’t expect it to have accumulated years of clinical experience. But it’s reassuring if the people operating the company have a proven track record.

10. What are your facility’s credentials? Does your bank meet federal, state, and accreditation requirements?

The cord blood bank you use must be accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) to procure, process, and store umbilical cord blood stem cells used for transplantation. The AABB is the only accreditation that ensures high standards regarding quality of the processing and storage of your baby’s cord blood.
 Some banks are fee-paying members of the AABB, but that’s not the same as being fully accredited. To be accredited, the cord blood banking company must have its laboratory and administrative procedures reviewed, inspected, and validated regularly and their procedures must be compliant with the guidelines established by AABB for cord blood processing.

The cord blood bank’s methods and protocols should also be approved by the FDA, and they should be able to show all necessary state registrations and licenses.

11. Is the company committed to research for future applications of cord blood?

Look for a company that actively participates and invests in research and development of cord blood stem cell therapies. If a cord blood company is committed to research, it’s a good indication that the company is also committed to the future, which means they are more likely to have financial stability.

Product Safety

Ensuring the safety of both you and your cord blood or tissue is essential.

1. How does your company collect and store my child’s cord blood?

Look for a company that uses the Gravity Bag Collection method (vs. Syringe method). The Gravity Bag is the collection method preferred by doctors and is designed to collect the greatest volume of cord blood. It’s the industry standard method used by the majority of blood banks and is similar to the methods used by the American Red Cross and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, the closed tube/bag system eliminates exposure to airborne bacteria and greatly reduces likelihood of contamination during collection.

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2. Where do you store the cord blood?

Find out exactly where the laboratory is and make sure it is within a safe distance from the delivery location to ensure a high probability of a successful transportation. You’ll also want to be sure that your cord blood bank has state-of-the-art facilities and provides maximum security and protection.

3. How is the umbilical cord collection kit delivered to the facility and where is it processed?

Ideally, you will be able to have the collection kit delivered by personal courier or overnight FedEx for greater distances. Cord blood and cord tissue should always be kept at room temperature.

4. Does your cord blood bank provide shipping with thermal integrity?

Shipping the cord blood to the laboratory is the crucial first step in safeguarding your baby’s stem cells. There are two ways that banks can protect the cord blood in transit. One approach commonly used for donated cord blood is to ship in a heavily insulated box. These containers have so much thermal protection that cord blood can be sent via FedEx. Priority shipping services like FedEx guarantee arrival time, but do not guarantee temperature conditions during transit.

The second approach, used by many family cord blood banks, is to ship in smaller boxes that have less thermal protection, but are carried by Life Sciences medical couriers. These couriers guarantee that boxes are kept in a passenger compartment where the temperature is in a safe range.

5. Is your collection kit FDA approved for c-sections (sterilized both inside and outside)?

Be sure the company you are looking at provides a sterile collection protocol to allow for collections to be performed during C-sections and emergency births.

6. Does the bank process cord blood within 48 hours?

Quick and proper transportation of the cord blood is crucial. Agencies that oversee cord blood transplants have set a limit of 48 hours on the time between birth and processing the cord blood for cryogenic storage. So you’ll want to make sure your bank processes cord blood within 48 hours after the birth.

Customer Experience

1. How will I be able to access my stem cells in the future?

Hopefully, you will never need to use your baby’s cord blood. However, should you need to use the stem cells from your stored cord blood, it is important that you feel confident in the process and system used by the cord blood bank to safely carry your stem cells to the correct location.

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2. Will I be notified by the laboratory once the cord blood has been received, processed, and tested?

Find out if the laboratory will contact you or if you will be responsible for getting a hold of them. You will also want to know the final cell count.

Hidden Fees

Unfortunately, there can be hidden fees with some companies. Here are some questions to ask to ensure you aren’t blindsided:

1. What is the total cost of cord blood banking, including storage and all fees?

Be sure to get a full breakdown of every cost, including long-term storage (for 20 years or more). Sometimes a low price is shown upfront, but then hidden fees continue to add up over time. Be sure to find out if there are programs, discounts, promotions, and payment plans to accommodate your specific needs.

2. Are there any non-refundable fees should I need to cancel for any reason?

3. Is the annual storage fee fixed or might it increase later?

4. Does the lab HLA type the sample?

Before a transplant occurs, HLA typing is required to match the donor and patient. However, since HLA typing can cost several hundred dollars, there is no real reason to incur this cost until a transplant is needed. Find out if the bank insists on HLA typing the sample prior to the need of a transplant, and if so, what the fees are for this service.

5. Are there any additional processing fees upon withdrawal?


1. How long has your company has been preserving cord blood?

2. Do you have customer reviews that you can share with me?

2. Is your bank financially stable and profitable?

Cord blood banking is a business, and businesses do go bankrupt. Fortunately, if a cord blood bank goes out of business, another company invariably takes over the frozen inventory. While it is reassuring that you’re unlikely to lose your child’s cord blood, it’s not desirable to have it moved from one lab to another–and, worse, to wonder whether it was maintained properly in the waning days of the failed company.

3. Do you have an insurance plan or partnerships with other companies to cover inventory in the event of a natural disaster or business failure?

You should also find out if the company is a division of larger corporation, and whether there are academic affiliations, research collaborations, and equity partnerships with major biotechnology companies. This would provide proof that the company is committed to researching and developing further applications for cord blood stem cell therapy and will most likely be around for the long run.

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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Today on Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast 🎙️, I'm chatting with Meggie Mangione, the CEO of @organizedlifedesign and 6 year accredited NAPO Professional Organizer. 💕 Clutter and chaos can really affect us as parents and employees (now working from home) so I thought it would be great to chat with Meggie to help us organize and streamline our lives as moms. On today's episode Meggie is sharing some great tips on how to conquer the clutter! 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
📷: @organizedlifedesign⁠
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And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t st And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t storm. 😒⁠
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"Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive "Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive to advice, I will never claim to know it all. But, sometimes a mama just needs to vent. It can be very exhausting as a mom when you open up about a challenge you're facing and then receive an overwhelming list of different things to do or try to 'fix it'. Especially when you've already tried it all or heard it all. Sometimes all a mama needs is an ear to listen and to know they aren't alone. Google can offer a list of possible solutions, Google definitely can't offer the nod of understanding that a friend can. ❤️"⁠
And even now more than ever, we all are just trying to survive and do our best. Let's support one another as we all navigate these uncharted territories . . . together apart.⁠ ❤️
📷: @taylormade_mama
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👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learni 👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learning Space 🔡⁠
A homeschooling mom is sharing her great tips on how to create a good learning environment for your child in your home. 🏡 She recommends that before you create a learning space, get to know HOW (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) your child learns and what he or she is passionate about. You don't need to re-create school at home. Your child's learning space needs to be unique to how they best learn. This is a whole new kind of education. And the journey is truly an adventure. ❤️⁠
Her tips are gold! 💰 {Click 🔗 in bio to read them!}⁠
Article by: Jennifer Hill Robenalt⁠
📷: @courtney.tracy⁠
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"Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀ "Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀️ I once sat in a class where teenage girls said they needed to learn how to cook, do laundry, and clean if they wanted to one day be good moms.

I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

And if you weren't a mom, you'd still have to clean your house, cook food, and do laundry.

You're not a bad mom because you didn't do laundry in time. Let's stop combining domestic duties with motherhood, because they just aren't the same. Yes, moms do domestic things. And they raise children. These are two separate things.

Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
Words & 📷: @pauseandconnect
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @babysleep_answers⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
📷: @thedecentmother⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
📷: @thegingypants⁠
DISCLAIMER: This is a USED expired PPE from @thegingypants basement. (She is an RN.) Please consider donating any UNUSED MASKS to your area hospitals who are in dire need. 💕
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My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠ 📷 My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠
📷: @macaroniandmomjeans⁠
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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